As a steward of public funds, the PBC implements an economic sustainability program for each project it takes on that includes bid incentives for the employment of apprentices, and minority and female workers; community hiring and resident workforce requirements; and contract provisions that require minority- and women-owned business participation and local business participation. The PBC's minimum goals for participation by certified firms on its projects are 26 percent for MBE firms and 6 percent for WBE firms.

All projects undertaken by the PBC are closely monitored to determine compliance with MBE/WBE goals for the project. Failure to carry out the commitments and policies set forth in this Program constitute a material breach of contract and may result in termination of the Contractor or such other remedy.

The following agencies are available to assist bidders in identifying MBE and WBE subcontractors:

  • Association of Asian Construction Enterprises
    5500 Touhy Avenue, Unit K
    Skokie, IL 60077
  • Black Contractors United
    400 W. 76th Street, Suite 200
    (773) 483-4000
  • Chicago Urban League
    4510 S. Michigan Avenue
    (773) 285-5800
  • Cosmopolitan Chamber of Commerce
    203 N Wabash, Suite 518
    (312) 499-0611
  • Federation of Women Contractors
    5650 South Archer Avenue
    (312) 360-1122
  • F.W. Dodge, Co.
    1333 Burr Ridge Parkway, Suite 100
    Burr Ridge, IL 60527
    (630) 321-3711
  • Hispanic American Construction Industry Association
    650 West Lake Street, Suite 415
    (312) 575-0389
  • Latin American Chamber of Commerce
    3512 W. Fullerton Avenue
    Chicago, Illinois 60647
    (773) 252-5211
  • Reed Construction Data
    2000 Clearwater Drive
    Oak Brook, IL 60523
    (630) 288-7983
  • Suburban Minority Contractors Association
    1250 S. Grove Avenue, Suite 200
    Barrington, IL 60010
    (847) 852-5010
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